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Why recycling is not enough
Why recycling is not enough
Recycling can be seen as the defining strategy to reducing waste and minimizing the environmental impact; however, optimal solutions for waste management are far more subtle and complex. Behind the word "recycling" lie myriad issues that present an imp...
WasteExpo impressions and insights
WasteExpo impressions and insights
WasteExpo 2016 was held June 7-9 in Las Vegas. The mood at the show was very upbeat, reflecting positive industry fundamentals as detailed below. Attendance was high, at roughly 13,000, while the number of exhibitors reached a record, at over 600.
From the world's breadbasket to the garbage can: The need for food waste recovery
From the world's breadbasket to the garbage can: The need for food waste recovery
Last week, the House Agriculture Committee held the first-ever Congressional hearing focused on the problem of food waste in America. Representatives from national trade organizations and advocacy groups were among those who testified.
Fiberglass demand could open up glass recycling market
Fiberglass demand could open up glass recycling market
Single stream recycling processes present unique challenges to glass recovery. While rear load trucks and sorters' spinning discs increase efficiency, these technologies can break glass. But some recyclers have found a way to turn this negative into a ...
Republic seizes opportunity with ash metal recovery facility at a Washington landfill
Republic seizes opportunity with ash metal recovery facility at a Washington landfill
Republic Services Inc. recently unveiled a new ash metal recovery facility at its landfill in Roosevelt, Washington. The facility is set to process all newly delivered ash to the Roosevelt Regional Landfill as well as systematically process all of the ...
Solid waste may be used for highway construction
Solid waste may be used for highway construction
The Indian government is working on a plan to use solid waste generated by urban centers for the construction of national highways. The first such project will be the Delhi-Meerut expressway where solid waste from Delhi's Ghazipur landfill site would b...
How Recycle Track Systems is taking the guesswork out of collections
How Recycle Track Systems is taking the guesswork out of collections
The commercial waste industry has evolved in many ways over the years, but the basics are often the same: a truck will come sometime to take waste somewhere and customers won't know the difference as long as everything gets picked up.
Lakeshore Recycling Systems to use radio frequency chips in trash carts
Lakeshore Recycling Systems to use radio frequency chips in trash carts
In August, Lakeshore Recycling Systems will provide trash carts equipped with radio frequency chips to Highland Park, Illinois, residents who pay for trash service by volume.
Talkin' trash: Industry leaders sound off at WasteExpo 2016
Talkin' trash: Industry leaders sound off at WasteExpo 2016
In case you missed it: Thoughtful, newsworthy comments from this year's WasteExpo in Las Vegas.
EPA's Environmental Justice Academy class learns skills to help with waste disposal
EPA's Environmental Justice Academy class learns skills to help with waste disposal
Eleven years ago, in the dead of a January night, life in the town of Graniteville, S.C. was drastically changed. That's when a 42-car Norfolk Southern Corp. train crashed into two engines and two rail cars parked on a spur line. In the wreckage, rough...
The genius trick that keeps trash bags from falling in
The genius trick that keeps trash bags from falling in
Trash bags and waste bins were meant to work perfectly together. Yet that's rarely the case. As trash bags start to fill up, something absurdly annoying happens: the bag falls in.
Expert says Italian health study doesn't apply to US landfills
Expert says Italian health study doesn't apply to US landfills
A recently released study out of Italy suggests that living near a landfill can be hazardous to your health; however, a U.S. waste and recycling industry official disputes the findings.
Mapping America's mountains of garbage
Mapping America's mountains of garbage
Widely considered to be the first sanitary landfill in the U.S., the Fresno garbage dump, which opened in 1937, has the dubious distinction of being named to both the U.S. National Register of Historic Places and the nation's list of Superfund sites. T...
Canadian city may increase property taxes to help cover recycling program
Canadian city may increase property taxes to help cover recycling program
Thunder Bay, Canada, is considering a solid waste plan that would raise property taxes to cover the city's recycling program. The city estimates this could generate an additional $1.75 million in 2017. Landfill tipping fees currently cover the program,...
Michigan re-thinking garbage laws to promote composting, recycling
Michigan re-thinking garbage laws to promote composting, recycling
Michigan is poised to bury its dependence on heaping garbage in landfills in favor of a rules that emphasize more recycling, composting and other re-uses for the gunk and junk that we all throw away.
Distracted drivers continue to cause safety risks in solid waste industry
Distracted drivers continue to cause safety risks in solid waste industry
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, each day in the United States, more than eight people are killed and 1,161 injured in crashes involving distracted drivers. So, it shouldn't come as too much of a surprise that the waste ...
BHS head asks US lawmakers to extend tax credits
BHS head asks US lawmakers to extend tax credits
Expanding and extending tax credits for biogas would help spur investments in anaerobic digestion and related composting technologies, the CEO of Bulk Handling Systems told U.S. senators.
Despite benefits, plastic trash dumpsters face challenges replacing steel competitors
Despite benefits, plastic trash dumpsters face challenges replacing steel competitors
Rotomolded plastic trash dumpsters have a bright future over the steel ones — they don't rust, leak out smelly restaurant waste, and make that early-morning banging noise when the truck comes, the bane of the apartment and condo dweller, said Jim...
Report: Global bioplastic market to hit 6.1 million metric tons by 2020
Report: Global bioplastic market to hit 6.1 million metric tons by 2020
The use of bioplastics is set to rise markedly due to improved technologies, according to a U.S.-based research firm.
St. Paul, Minnesota, residents, business people share strong views on trash system
St. Paul, Minnesota, residents, business people share strong views on trash system
St. Paul, Minnesota, residents shared tales of garbage trucks — five, even 10 per week — driving through alleys in the early morning. Over the past few months, many people have urged city leaders to switch from having individuals hire their...
Motorized, automated garbage bin for shopping malls, like Roomba for trash
Motorized, automated garbage bin for shopping malls, like Roomba for trash
Every day, I walk across Montreal's central train station and see a man pushing a cart from one concession stand to the next, piling up garbage bags or cardboard boxes in it. This type of cart could easily be automated like a Roomba to do the same job ...
Unpacking two recent reports on recycling in the US
Unpacking two recent reports on recycling in the US
Two recent industry reports - "Sorting It Out: What's In Our Waste and Where Does It Go?" presented by Environmental Research and Education Foundation CEO Bryan Staley at WasteExpo last month and "Demystifying MSW Recovery Rates" co-authored by Willia...
Scientists have found a way to turn trash bags into fuel
Scientists have found a way to turn trash bags into fuel
Milk cartons, toys, grocery bags, bubble wrap, machine parts, and even artificial hips. Every year, humanity makes more products from polyethylene than any other plastic, about 100 million metric tons in all. We also throw a lot of it away. Polyethylen...
The economics of electric garbage trucks are awesome
The economics of electric garbage trucks are awesome
Garbage trucks are one of the least efficient vehicles on the road. Powered by diesel fuel, they average just 3 miles per gallon, burn about $42,000 of fuel per year, and emit about 20 times the carbon emissions of the average US home. As they rumble d...
New York sanitation's resident anthropologist wants to clean up the image of garbagemen
New York sanitation's resident anthropologist wants to clean up the image of garbagemen
Swollen garbage bags are an unavoidable sight on New York's curbs, but the job of carting them away tends to be invisible. "There's this whole army that keeps us safe from our dross," says Robin Nagle, the Department of Sanitation's official anthropolo...
Bear filmed taking a ride on New Mexico garbage truck
Bear filmed taking a ride on New Mexico garbage truck
A New Mexico volunteer firefighter washing his crew's truck captured video of a bear taking a ride on top of a moving garbage truck.
7 waste-conscious innovations disrupting the green packaging market
7 waste-conscious innovations disrupting the green packaging market
The green packaging market has seen rapid growth in recent years due to advances in technology, heightened interest in circular economy principles, and a cultural interest in more sustainable products. While questions still remain about the lifecycle o...